INPUT returns this week to Brooklyn with a heavy-hitter in tow (or two if you really like deep grooves); as Kanye West collaborator, Warp impresario Hudson Mohawke headlines at Ouptut on a very special night. Needless to say, while people will be reaching for higher ground and holding for dear life after every terrific transition at the main room of Output, the always-impressive Mark E will headline The Panther Room next door, with Roy Dank supporting. Supporting HudMo in the main room will be Kwes, the one-in-all performer that just put out his debut LP, ilp. via Warp just a few weeks back. Needless to say, this is going to be nothing short of amazing; and we here at URB are providing you with an exclusive promo code for anybody willing to make the trip to Output this Thursday. Grab the discounted batch fast, as advance tickets are running out and tickets at the door will be $30. Check out a preview of what’s to come, promo code details and links down below for more information.
It’s a celebration, bitches. Not only is URB’s favorite NYC smang institution RINSED celebrating it’s third birthday, but it’s doing so by collaborating with one of the most important labels in underground music in recent times. RINSED will finally house the amazing talent-house/label/party/crew of Glasgow’s NUMBERS, who have poured out tunes from your favorite artists (Deadboy, Jamie xx, Rustie, SBTRKT, and so many more) for ten years. And if you think ten years of existence ain’t an accomplishment in this industry, you are fooling yourself. That’s a lot of fist-pumps, shouting, sweating, drinking and rough-housing to get through; and the best part is the braintrust of Numbers always keeps things interesting. Whether it be dropping Fleetwood Mac at a warehouse party or putting out a re-release of DJ Pierre, or breaking out the likes of Jessie Ware via a SBTRKT release, these dudes are always ahead of the game. With that said, we asked that very same braintrust to give us the anthems that truly represent the spirit of Numbers, sprawling between funk, techno, electro and so much more. Check out the track down below, as well as a link to tonight’s festivities at RINSED, post-jump.
The third heat of the Red Bull Thre3style World Finals saw the contest up the ante, adding a fifth DJ to the round. Held in the bowels of Lo Pan’s lair a la Big Trouble in Little China aka the Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver, the competition get even more fierce than the previous two days.
Opening up the night was the UK representative DJ Big Al, who came out swinging jumping genre to genre and rounding the bases of dance hall, hip hop, and even some indie flavor. Setting the tone of his set with the original horn line from Kanye’s ‘Touch the Sky’ he brought a decidedly energetic flavor to the initial proceedings.
Second up to the bat was Japan’s DJ 8-Man, playing to the …
URBhd presents the first of many video-centric features that will involve all conceivable characters of bass music and culture. Of course, URB had to start it off with a bang, provided by the lovely Mary Anne Hobbs. In this video, Mary Anne goes all about New York City whilst talking about the relationship between NYC and U.K. bass, her Sonar 2010 stage lineup, and indulging herself on a genuine slice of New York gold. We then go on to the nightcap at Mary Ann’s, where the topic turns to dubstep’s past, present and future. With an appearance from Dub War resident Dave Q (and some fantastic margaritas), the chatter ascends towards the interpretation (or misinterpretation) of what dubstep’s current sound is to the world. We end off the brisk night with some recommendations from the BBC Radio 1 DJ, ranging from deep and dark to experimental and engaging.
As we had hoped, someone grabbed the full five hour stream from the final night of Optimo (Espacio) and is now circulating the MP3 across your prefered file transfer services. We caught the last hour of the legendary night streaming live on Sunday, which included everything from Sparks to Madonna to
Of course, the MP3 is no replacement for being there. Just watch this clip of the duo playing the coda of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” to see what we all missed.